I've been busy decorating our basement for fall and thought it would be fun to take you on a bit of a tour to see what I've been up to. As much as I love decorating for fall, I love decorating for Halloween too. I have such great memories of Halloween as a kid. We dressed up in cheap dime store costumes and ran from door to door, covering a two block radius of our neighborhood without the accompaniment of parents. As we passed groups of our friends we would share the locations of the houses that gave out the best candy. I can still remember our next door neighbor inviting my friends and me in for homemade white cake with chocolate frosting. Halloween in the fifties was such a different time.
Back in late July I was wandering around Michael's one afternoon looking for Halloween inspiration when I spotted this.
When I first saw it I literally gasped out loud. Not because it was well made or well priced, because it was neither, but because of that text ribbon! I immediately went on a hunt for craft ribbon with text. (It's harder to find than you'd think but I did find some on Etsy).
I knew I wanted to carry out the text theme in areas beyond my ribbon so I decoupaged a few cheap garish orange pumpkins.
I used tissue paper from Hobby Lobby for this one along with a French stamp from some old documents I purchased several years ago on our travels
and used pages from old brochures and magazines for a bolder, more creepy look on this one.
Then I incorporated them into a tired tray, along with pumpkins, black crows from Michael's and some creepy Spanish moss.
My crow plates are two years old from Nell Hills and I like how the twig placemats (World Market) and slices of wood add to the texture and rustic woodsy feel of the table setting.
I carried out the text theme in my table linens from Pier1.
Originally I thought I'd do our mantel with skeletons but when I found this sign at Hobby Lobby I felt it was more me
and I love how my Mackenzie-Childs canisters look with the muted colors and black and cream ribbon.
Speaking of muted colors, I wanted to show you some before and after photos of the mantel garland.
I purchased the garland last year at Crate and Barrel and loved it, but this year I wanted a softer look so I just scrubbed the leaves with a super dry brush of off white paint. I love how it looks more like crispy fall leaves. I think this is a cool technique for those inexpensive leaves from the dollar stores. For some reason they always seem so garish and orange.
I also antiqued my Hobby Lobby sunflowers just slightly with brown wax from Annie Sloan and glued in some additional petals cut from the tissue and old papers that I used on my pumpkins.
I added some off white gauze cloth for a bit of creepiness and added texture.
The coffee table got an arrangement with a skeleton hand popping out of it along with a beaker of candy corn.
Another tiered tray...yes I do seem to have a tiered tray problem.
I found this cool Styrofoam skull at Michaels along with the beakers that I filled with snacks and added to our bar.
Notice that the regular candy corn has been picked out from the chocolate ones. (Me no likey chocolate candy corn).
Here's the same vignette with some mood lighting.
This next spot is our little low table with yet another tiered tray.
This is a perfect spot for some of my Lori Mitchell Halloween figurines.
Even the swym got a touch of the spookies
Well, I hope this tour has given you some ideas and perhaps has inspired you to try something new. Next time we'll go upstairs for a fall tour of the mantel, tables and kitchen area.
Encourage one another.
Please let me know if you have questions. I'd love to hear about your holiday décor in the comments below.